Mystic City by Theo Lawrence
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Buy: Kindle Edition
Background: Aria Rose is the daughter of a popular politician. Her family has been at war with the Fosters for generations, and Aria awakes one day to find that she is missing memories and that she is engaged to Thomas Foster, her sworn enemy. Her parents have told her that she overdosed on drugs and Aria is almost positive that she would never even try them, let alone OD on them. Mystic City follows Aria through her attempts to find her lost memory.
Review: I heart this book. It was a mix of a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, the dystopian genre, fantasy, and futuristic society. Enemies become lovers, there are mystics-people with power, Manhattan has flooded and the mystics and their families must live in the flooded portions while the rich and normal live above the city, in modern skyscrapers. The setting of this plot was amazing, taking a modern well-known area and creating a dystipian society as well as a futuristic one, was a fun spin on things.
The plot much like the setting was very well pieced together, you are always left questioning things and wanting to read more. Aria's family are troubled and headstrong with power, while she is just trying to get through life. Aria is the gentle of her family, still ignorant to the outside world because of a filtered life, but she has compassion for other beings. She was a pleasure to follow through her story.
What I think works so well in this book is that from the beginning Aria questions her place, however even while questioning she does try to follow her parents orders. I think that in most teen stories the teens can be overly defiant, Aria on the other hand is more realistic, in that she would like to rebel, but wants more answers before she does. I really liked that about her.
As the story proceeds you learn more about Thomas and Aria’s engagement and previous secret romance and the pieces slowly come together.
I really enjoyed this book, the action and suspense is fun and leaves you full of anxiety. Can't wait for more.
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